What I did last year Betty Brinn Children’s

What I did
last year
Betty Brinn
2008 Annual Report Scrapbook
I Did Lots of Stuff
Assembling a scrapbook is a wonderful project for a child, encouraging them to think and
talk about things that are meaningful to them, building their confidence and creativity, and
helping them develop important planning and social skills. To demonstrate the value – and
fun – of scrapbook activities for children and families, we made our own, featuring all of the
important things we did in 2008.
The profound influence of early learning gained national attention in 2008. Education
and school readiness are important issues for our community, and we are proud to be
among the best children’s museums in the country and one of southeastern Wisconsin’s
most respected and popular resources for families with young children. We worked hard in
2008 to ensure that our facility, exhibits and programs reflect the latest education trends, to
meet the needs of the diverse community that we serve, and to educate caregivers about
the importance of early learning to school readiness and academic
success. We also maintained our significant commitment to
ensuring that all children have access to our educational
facility and resources by providing free admission and
memberships to thousands of disadvantaged children,
families and groups. These programs continue to be
inspired by Betty Brinn, who was dedicated to supporting
organizations that help families in need.
Our 2008 scrapbook includes lots of projects, lots of friends…
and lots of important numbers, too!
My Favorite Things
We began 2008 with Curious George™: Let’s Get
Curious!, a traveling exhibit created by the Minnesota
Children’s Museum that included interactive math, science
and engineering-themed activities featuring the little
monkey that always manages to get into a tricky situation.
The display was sponsored by the Northwestern Mutual
Foundation, a long-time supporter of our efforts to provide
special exhibits for the children and families we serve.
Building on the enduring popularity of A Trading Place –
our kid-sized community – and the installation of our
hugely popular miniature Sendik’s Food Market (where
the registers are always ringing!), we unveiled our
fantastic new WaterStone Bank exhibit. The bank offers
realistic activities for visitors and is complemented by Money
Minders, our new facilitated financial literacy program.
My Biggest Adventure
The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD, the most ambitious exhibit
development project we have ever undertaken, was a highlight of 2008. Debuting
in July, the exhibit follows our much-loved companion on amazing adventures in a
pretend jungle, in outer space, on an archaeological dig, and under the sea. The exhibit
encourages children to welcome new experiences with confidence, curiosity and humor, to think
about all they can be and do, and to always respect themselves and others. Educational activities
throughout the exhibit highlight literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, visual and performing
arts, making healthy choices, and career paths. The exhibit’s opening contributed to a 24% increase
in attendance, and visitors said it was the best special exhibit we have ever displayed!
We are extremely proud of this project and our partnership with Hasbro, Inc., and we are deeply
grateful to our national tour sponsor, Northwestern Mutual, a tremendous advocate for early education
and an important Museum supporter. Northwestern Mutual’s sponsorship provided critical funding for
the development of this exhibit and important support for the exhibit’s four-year tour, which includes
planned stops at cities in Washington, New York, Florida, North Carolina, Kansas, Alabama,
California and Indiana. Additional support for the project was provided by Manpower, Inc. and the
Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Franz and Virginia Bidinger Fund and Community Grant Fund.
The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD reflects our goal of developing exhibits that can be leased
or sold to other family-friendly venues, helping us earn unrestricted operating income and reduce our
reliance on contributions. Our growing exhibit product line has generated inquiries from museums
across the nation and around the world. We remain deeply grateful to Honorary Board members Brian
Stark and Debra Altshul-Stark for their early support of this entrepreneurial effort and their continued
confidence in our work.
With MR. POTATO HEAD wowing families in communities away from home, we began creating a new
exhibit in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service. Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet
Home is a “green” exhibit that presents activities about sustainability, recycling and taking care
of the planet – our home sweet home. Following a 2009 debut sponsored by National City,
Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home will become our fourth exhibit
product and our third national touring exhibition.
Fun with My
Museum exhibits and programs benefitted more than 207,000 children and adults in
2008 – up 21% from 2007, and 18% higher than our previous record set in 2001! Member
visits rose 25% compared to 2007 and accounted for 34% of our on-site attendance. Our
corporate membership program also grew; in addition to renewed members Children’s
Hospital and Health System, GE Healthcare, Koss Corporation, Northwestern Mutual,
Quad/Graphics, and Stark Investments, we welcomed new members Manpower Inc. and
Mortenson Construction. The Corporate Membership program provides a thoughtful way for
employers to benefit employees and their families while demonstrating their support for the
Museum’s educational mission.
Thanks in part to generous contributions from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Carl and
Lora Otjen Family Fund and Mary L. Nohl Fund, Nicholas Family Foundation, City of Milwaukee Arts Board and Wisconsin Arts Board, and Rockwell Automation, our educational
activities served 63,788 children and adults, and included workshops, off-site programs,
demonstrations and performances. We also expanded activities and programming offered
as part of WaterStone Bank & FOX 6 Neighborhood Night, an evening each month when the
Museum provides free admission. Neighborhood Night ensures Museum access
by working families and those with limited resources, and served a record
6,172 visitors in 2008 (up 31% from 2007).
Things I Shared
The Museum was named in memory of Elizabeth Brinn, who overcame a difficult childhood to become a successful
Milwaukee businesswoman, wife and mother. As an adult, Betty established the Elizabeth A. Brinn Foundation to
provide support for organizations that help children and families living in poverty or crisis. Betty’s life and legacy, and
the unwavering generosity of the Brinn Foundation, continue to inspire our commitment to meeting the needs of
disadvantaged families in our community through outreach efforts that remain central to our educational mission.
Museum outreach served 39,345 participants (up 17% from 2007) in 2008, and was supported by generous grants
from the Dorothy Watkins Inbusch Foundation, Johnson Controls, Joy Global Foundation, and Quad/Graphics.
Family Focus – a nationally recognized program that provides free parenting education, memberships and
transportation assistance to families whose circumstances often limit their access to educational resources –
served a record 862 families in 2008. In addition to community support, our 2008 program was made possible
by grants from the A.O. Smith Foundation, Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation, Greater Milwaukee
Foundation’s Bright Futures Milwaukee Fund, Harley-Davidson Foundation, Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation,
Stackner Family Foundation and US Bank. Our strong relationships with social service and community agencies have
helped enrich the lives of Family Focus participants and we were deeply
gratified to receive this feedback during the past year:
• “I work with families who are involved in the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare
and have had their children removed. BBCM has given them a positive place to
have visits with their children allowing them to grow and learn and become role
models for positive educational parenting.”
• “The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is a wonderful resource for all families,
especially those with children with disabilities. You provide such high-interest,
developmentally appropriate activities for all children, and you are a true
treasure in the Milwaukee community.”
- Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
• “We are honored to have a community partner like the Museum. Thank you for
making this a great opportunity for families who do not experience a lot of positive time together.” - Task Force on Family Violence
• “My heart breaks all the time by having to watch my daughter deal with the
stress and fear of having to stay safe against violence. I think all the time that
people don’t understand how these children don’t have the opportunity to be
carefree and play with joy, like other children, because they’re burdened with
worry. It’s so unfair to them. But obviously, the people at Betty Brinn get it, and
their generosity touches us deeply.”
- Family Focus member
In addition to Family Focus, we maintained our significant
commitment to ensuring Museum access by disadvantaged
school groups, daycare centers and community organizations.
Almost 26,000 children and adults visited the Museum as
part of a field trip coordinated through their school, daycare
center, or community organization. These groups enjoyed a
variety of exhibits and activities, including our popular
Renewable Energy Works program sponsored by We
Energies. More than half of the participants in our 2008
field trip program (up 16% from 2007) were low-income and
special needs participants who received free or subsidized
admission through our Special Admission Program
established in memory of Mary Leach Smith.
Funding for Family Focus and our Special Admission Program
was a priority of the 2008 Annual Campaign, and remains the
focus of special efforts to secure increased support as the
need for these programs continues to grow.
Special Days
Valentine’s Day and Halloween continue to be some of the best days of the year to
visit (and work at!) the Museum, and our celebrations got bigger and better in 2008.
Support from Sendik’s Food Market, Breadsmith, Golden Guernsey Dairy, and
Sargento for our Valentine Ice Cream Social and Not-So-Scary Halloween events
ensured that visitors had their fill of sweets, special activities and take home treats.
The Museum’s Teacher of the Year Award was created as a tribute to Alice
Bertschy Kadish, a Milwaukee teacher and Museum supporter who was dedicated
to excellence in early education. The May 2008 event presented awards to Lori
Niemoeller, a 4-year-old kindergarten teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in
Wauwatosa, and Danielle Pajot, a third- and fourth-grade teacher at Woodlands School
in Milwaukee. Our annual Back-to-School Resource Fair – created to help
disadvantaged families prepare young children to return to school or for their first
year – benefited 1,179 children and adults, another new record. Activities included
tours of a real school bus, health and safety information for parents, and schoolthemed art projects. Free books and school supplies were distributed thanks to a
generous donation from the Diedrich Family.
More than 400 guests enjoyed the Museum’s 2008 Gala – Hooked: Neverland After
Dark. The Gala is our most important and visible fundraiser, and our outstanding cochairs, Kim and Carl Tomich, and Museum Board member Deborah Nustad and her
husband, Tim, led a terrific volunteer committee to create a Peter Pan-themed evening
that acquainted new friends with our mission and programs, and secured more than
$164,000 to support the Museum. The Gala’s Patron Sponsor, the Northwestern Mutual
Foundation, set a wonderful example for support, and the Argosy Foundation and local
organizations joined in providing sponsorship for this important annual event.
My Piggy Bank
With disciplined management and success in our efforts to increase earned income, the Museum’s 2008 financial results were
strong. While the Museum met its fundraising goals, several significant contributions were received for specific projects, making
it challenging to fully fund general operations, important outreach commitments, and Museum resources that don’t always get
the spotlight. We are deeply grateful to all of the families who value our mission and helped support us in 2008, including very
generous gifts from Rob and Karen Dishner, Denise and Gary Elfe, and Mike and Jennifer Keough.
We received an exciting commitment from Children’s Hospital and Health System to develop a new health-related exhibit for the
Museum. Children’s Hospital and Health System has been an important partner and supporter, and is the sponsor of our current
health-themed exhibit, My Body Works. My Body Works has been a popular Museum exhibit since our opening in 1995, and we
look forward to unveiling new activities in this area that will communicate the importance of healthy habits to our young audience.
Statement of Activities
January 1 - December 31, 2008
Earned Revenue
Special Event
Exhibit Rental
Exhibit Sales
Other Income
Total Earned Revenue
Gifts and Grants
In-Kind Goods and Services
Total Contributions
Total Income
Exhibit Depreciation
Exhibit Rental & Sales
Programs and Visitor Services
Membership and Marketing
General and Administrative
Total Expenses
Change in Net Assets
Balance Sheet
at December 31, 2008
Leasehold Improvements
Less: Accumulated
Other Assets
Total Assets
Liabilities and Net Assets
Current Liabilities
Net Assets
Fixed Assets
Temporarily Restricted
Total Net Assets
Total Liabilities
and Net Assets
My Friends!
We gratefully acknowledge our
Annual Campaign donors of $100
or more and the Museum’s 2008
Gala sponsors and guarantors.
$50,000 and above
Children’s Hospital & Health System, Inc.
Elizabeth A. Brinn Foundation
$25,000 - $49,999
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Bright Futures Milwaukee Fund
Carl and Lora Otjen Family Fund
Joy Global Foundation
Manpower, Inc.
National City
The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld
We Energies
$10,000 - $24,999
Argosy Foundation
Karen and Robert Dishner
Harley-Davidson Foundation
Nicholas Family Foundation
$5,000 - $9,999
A.O. Smith Foundation, Inc.
Betsie and Bill Berrien
Briggs & Stratton Corporation
City of Milwaukee Arts Board and the
Wisconsin Arts Board
Denise and Gary Elfe
Dorothy Watkins Inbusch Foundation
Garden Room
GE Healthcare
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Mary L. Nohl Fund
Karen and Steve Guy
Johnson Controls Foundation
Jennifer and Michael Keough
Tia and Colin Lancaster
Tamara and Tom Loper
Marcus Corporation Foundation
Michels Family Foundation
Northwestern Mutual
Rockwell Automation
Stackner Family Foundation
Stark Investments
Town Bank
US Bancorp Foundation
US Bank
WaterStone Bank
$1,000 - $4,999
Apple Family Foundation
Artisan Partners LP
Associated Bank
Badger Meter Foundation
Robert W. Baird & Company
Joanne and Robert Bischmann
Brady Corporation
Deborah and James Brenn
Briggs & Stratton Corporation
Carma Laboratories, Inc.
Deloitte & Touche LLP
The Diedrich Family
Albert J. and Flora H. Ellinger
Forest County Potawatomi
Community Foundation
Molly and Patrick Gallagher
Godfrey & Kahn S.C.
Grace Matthews, Inc.
Granite Microsystems
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Forbes/Berend Family Fund
Patricia and William Hagenah
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Hilton Milwaukee City Center and
Paradise Landing Waterpark
Colleen and Colin Hutt
John T. and Suzanne S. Jacobus
Family Foundation
Johnson Controls
Andrea and Kevin Kenealey
M&I Bank
Mortenson Construction
Melissa and Eric Nelsen
Deborah and Timothy Nustad
Payne & Dolan
Sheri and Tom Price
Quarles & Brady LLP
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
Sheila Reynolds and Robert Chang
Jennifer and Josh Schafer
Julie and Michael Schneider
Sendik’s Food Markets - Balistreri
Owned & Operated
Leila Shupeck
Onnie Leach Smith
Tria and Carson Thomas
Time Warner Cable
United Way of Greater Milwaukee
Wal-Mart Foundation
Westridge Builders
Barbara and Richard Wiederhold
$100 - $999
Robert W. Baird & Company
Foundation, Inc.
Baroque Silversmith, Inc.
Mary Beth and James Berkes
Gisella and Ralph Bronner
Cyndi and Brian Cahill
The Cherry Corporation
Lisa Dew and John VanderBloemen
The Dickman Company
Alicia Smith Dupies and
Patrick Dupies
Patricia and James Ericson
Maricela and Michael Feker
Celeste and Michael Flynn
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Tendick Family Foundation Fund
JayKay Foundation Fund
Sarah and Peter Hammond
IBM International Foundation
Anne and Jack Kahl
Kahler Slater
Patrick Kain, FIIM, Inc.
Mary and A. Kipp Koester
Patrick Kwiatowski
Linda Gorens-Levy and Michael Levy
Beth and Sean Major
Patricia and David Massart
Elizabeth and Ted Matkom
Mortgage Guaranty Insurance
Susan and Thomas Neill
Omni Resources, Inc.
Janet and Jim Parker
Joan and Dean Phillips
Candy and Bruce Pindyck
Steve and Stacey Radke
Scott and Peggy Sampson
Charitable Fund
Thomas and Heidi Schmid
Lynn and Michael Short
Rebecca and Brad Simenz
Wendy and Anthony Smith
Mrs. Nita G. Soref
Stark Family Foundation
Stivers Staffing Services
Margaret and Max Stroika
Margaret Seidl Tackes and
Daniel Tackes
Kimberly Thaken
Sally and Eric Thomas
Kim and Carl Tomich
Doris and Jerry Vite
Faye and Richard Wetzel
Amy and Michael Wichert
Wisconsin Energy Corporation
Marita and Phil Gruber
The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld
Jelly Belly Candy Company
Journal Sentinel, Inc.
Kelly and Joe Jones
Kieding Inc.
Kohl’s Department Stores
Lakeside Bus Company
Milwaukee Association for the
Education of Young Children
Milwaukee Ballet
Milwaukee Public Television
Milwaukee Wave Professional Soccer
Pandl’s Catering Complete
Salesforce.com Foundation
Sargento Foods Inc.
Kelly and Nick Schmidt
Sendik’s Food Markets - Balistreri
Owned & Operated
Shady Acres Perennial Nursery
Simma’s Bakery
US Bank
Usinger’s Famous Sausage
UW Extension
Master Gardeners Program
Kathy Vajda
VIP Visual Image Photography, Inc
Walgreen Co.
Paula Wheeler and James Andorfer
In-Kind Contributions
94.5 WKTI
96.5 WKLH
Appleton Coated
Lisa Balster
Charlotte and Ray Brinn
Julie and Scott Bussen
CGS Premier
Canopies Events with Distinction
Children’s Service Society of
Clear Channel Outdoor
Concours Motors Saab
Discount School Supply
Downer Avenue Wine and Spirits
EDC Publishing Usborne Books
GG Golden Guernsey Dairy
We are pleased to acknowledge
Museum donors who have made
payments on gifts pledged in
previous years.
Betsie and Bill Berrien
Elizabeth A. Brinn Foundation
City of Milwaukee Arts Board
GG Golden Guernsey Dairy
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Halbert and Alice Kadish Fund
Journal Sentinel, Inc.
Koss Sterephones
Betty Jo and James Nelsen
Northwestern Mutual Foundation
Palermo Villa, Inc.
Sendik’s Food Markets - Balistreri
Owned & Operated
Usinger’s Famous Sausage
WaterStone Bank
Corporate Members
Community Leader
CEO Circle
Stark Investments
VIP Circle
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Children’s Hospital & Health System, Inc.
GE Healthcare
Mortenson Construction
National City
Northwestern Mutual
Sendik’s Food Markets - Balistreri
Owned & Operated
Partner Circle
Koss Stereophones
Donor Members
Level D Members
Moira Fitzgerald and Peter Kammer
Susie and Robert Gruenberg
Lindsay and Peter Hammerer
Ursula and Hope Maurer
Melissa and Steve Moyer
Carol and Robert Schwartz
Victoria Teerlink and Jeffrey Drope
Level F Members
Karen and Robert Dishner
Colleen and Colin Hutt
Peck Foundation, Milwaukee LTD
BBCM Foundation Board
Thomas Schmid, President/Treasurer
Colin Lancaster, Vice President/
Anne Curley
Matt D’Attilio
Robert Dishner
Peter Hammond
Nathan Johnson
Jeffrey Lueken
Melissa Nelsen
Mike Schneider
BBCM Board of Directors
Melissa Nelsen, President
Board Officers
Molly Gallagher, Vice President,
Education and Exhibits
Karen Guy, Vice President,
Development/Strategic Planning
Colin Lancaster, Vice President,
Deborah Nustad, Vice President,
Joan Phillips, Vice President, Finance
Anthony Smith, Vice President,
Steve Radke, Vice President,
Board Members
Bill Berrien
James Brenn
Robert Dishner
Alicia Dupies
Celeste Flynn
John Hiller
Colin Hutt
Kevin Kenealey
Onnie Leach Smith*
Hon. Kevin Martens
David Massart
Elizabeth Matkom
Sheila Reynolds
Chuck Robinson
Margaret Tackes
Joseph Ullrich
Jerry Vite
Thomas Watson
Honorary Board Members
Debra Altshul-Stark
Therese Binder, Founder and
President Emeritus
Susie Gruenberg, Founder
Greg Marcus
Julie Sattler Rosene, Founder
Onnie Leach Smith
Mary Ellen Stanek
Brian Stark
W. Ward White
Barbara Wiederhold
Richard Wiederhold
Marina Affi, Programs
Debra Altshul-Stark, Exhibits and
Sharon Barndt, Teacher of the Year
Kelly Barthel, Finance
Bob Bell, Finance
Scott Beyer, Teacher of the Year
Joanne Bischmann, Gala, Marketing
Gina Borsari, Programs
Jeff Bradford, Finance
Ray Brinn, Finance, Teacher of the
Ashley Chesser, Programs
Therese Ciofani, Teacher of the Year
Maureen Dardis, Teacher of the Year
Matt D’Attilio, Finance
Anneliese Dickman, Gala
Karen Dishner, Gala
Ann Egan-Waukau, Teacher of the
Elise Emmers, Programs
Mary Ford, Programs
Libby Fredman, Gala
Lydia Gatzow, Programs
Emily Georgson, Programs
Kathryn Gifford, Teacher of the Year
Sean Gogerty, Programs
Devin Harris, Gala
Lisa Harris, Gala
Elizabeth Jazwiecki, Programs
Kathy Johnson, Gala
Kim Krotts, Gala
Alexandra Kusick, Programs
Brad Kussow, Finance
Mary Ann Lasky, Marketing
Robin Lockett, Programs
Yaliscia Manual, Programs
Marquette University Students,
Special Events
Kaitlyn Martin, Programs
Sara Meaney, Gala
Barbara Michalak, Education
Tom Miller, Finance
Timothy Nustad, Gala
Janelle Peterson, Gala
Jeff Pilch, Marketing
Bridget Quick, Programs
Lisa Randerson, Teacher of the Year
Brigid Rau, Programs
Joan Rice, Teacher of the Year
Luann Roberts, Teacher of the Year
Taylor Roy-Johnson, Programs
Roosevelt Sanders, Programs
Jennifer Schafer, Gala
Rebecca Scharff, Gala
Tracey Scharnek, Gala
Debbie Schrader, Teacher of the Year
Kathy Schultz, Education
Judy Schwerm, Marketing
Patrick Sheehy, Marketing
Debra Shore, Teacher of the Year
Michael Hunter Short, Marketing
Brenda Silas, Programs
Jocelyn Slocum, Programs
Margaret Solberg, Teacher of the Year
Heidi Stacy, Education
Rhea Stark, Programs
Marianne Szymanski, Marketing
Patty Tamillo, Programs
Mike Thiel, Administration
Tria Thomas, Gala
Carl Tomich, Gala
Kim Tomich, Gala
Kelly Twigger, Gala
Amy Van Heck, Education
Lydia Van Hecke, Programs
Carey Vollmers, Gala
Jen Werth, Programs
Amy Wichert, Gala
Barbara Wiederhold, Exhibits and
Education, Gala
Aimee Work, Gala
Patty Zimmerman, Education
Museum Staff
Fern Shupeck, Executive Director
Kristen Adams, Director of
Lisa Balster, Associate Director of
Community Education
Linda Brown, Visitor Services
Assistant Manager
Kathy Cannistra, Exhibit Floor/
Facility Manager
Joel Cencius, Visitor Services
Michael Cook, Exhibit Developer
Oma Cook, Finance Manager
Anna Depies, Program and
Performance Specialist
Elizabeth Dolatowski, Visitor Services
Assistant Manager
Kelly Doyne, Development Associate
Michele Duranso, Communications
Jane Frank, Director of Finance and
Jenna Green, Membership and
Communications Coordinator
Kevin Hickman, Accountant
Sandy Hughes, Event Coordinator
Catherine Jones, Visitor Services
Assistant Manager
Joe Pariso, Exhibit Floor Technician
Carolyn Rydlewicz, Associate Director
of Educational Programs
Nicole Safranski, Group Programs
Jennifer Sarnowski, Director of Exhibit
Rental & Sales
Jim Toth, Director of Exhibits
Gwen Weninger, Exhibits Project
Kathy Williams, Visitor Services
Assistant Manager
Visitor Assistants
Christina Akers
Erilda Borici
Erin Broderick
Tara Cohen
Jessica Doome
Andrew Elfe
Jeff Gerspach
Bridget Hirthe
Risa Johnson
Laura Shupeck
Andrew Vanden Busch
Our apologies to any individual or
organization who was inadvertently
omitted from this list,
or incorrectly listed.